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How Can We Raise Awareness on Protecting Motorcyclists?

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Allison & Ward

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that in 2012, there  were 4,957 motorcyclist fatalities in the United States. Additionally, there were 93,000 motorcyclist injuries during that same period. Unfortunately, the high number of deaths and injuries for motorcyclists is due to drivers who are not paying attention to motorcycle riders around them. It is important that our community raise awareness for motorcycle safety. We have discussed in previous posts the high risk and injury for motorcyclists. Riders on a motorcycle do not have the same physical protections of a passenger in a motor vehicle. In Norfolk, England, a mom who lost her son in a catastrophic motorcycle accident is helping local police promote a new safety campaign for motorcycle safety. According to ABC 13, Brenda Holmes’s son, David, was killed in 2013 when a car turned into his path while he rode is motorcycle. The driver admitted to…
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Is Texas a Dangerous Place for Pedestrians?

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Allison & Ward

According to Smart Growth America (SGA), 4,192 people were killed while walking in Texas between 2003 and 2012. There were 34,107 traffic fatalities during that period, which means pedestrians accounted for 12.3 percent of those deaths. Unfortunately, Texas has the 10th most dangerous roads for pedestrians, according to the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI). Texas scores a PDI of 97.49. The PDI measures the likelihood of a person on foot being struck and killed by a vehicle. A higher score means there is a greater chance of this happening. Nationally, the PDI average was 52.2. Do Pedestrian Deaths Increase with Higher Speeds?    As with any wreck, speed plays one of the biggest factors in the severity of a crash. Between 2003 and 2012, the SGA says, “71.5 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred on roadways with a speed limit of 40 mph or higher.” Compare that proportion to the number of fatalities…
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Remembering September 11th

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Allison & Ward

At Allison & Ward, we would like to express our sympathies for the families and friends who lost a loved one in the attacks on September 11, 2001. Although that day shook our country to its core, we will persevere and we will always remember the lives that were lost. Allison & Ward – Austin Personal Injury Attorneys